ACES 2017: St. Petersburg

Credit: Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Credit: Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Join us for ACES 21st national conference March 23-25, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Florida.


The nation’s premier editing conference will have dozens of informative sessions and networking opportunities. Check out the conference’s general schedule here.

For information about training being offered, you can check out a preliminary list of sessions here. More sessions will be added as they are finalized.


The conference hotel is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

Reservation can be made online through the ACES link or by phone (800-445-8667, reference code AMC). The discounted ACES rate is $165 single/double. The deadline to receive the ACES rate is Sunday, February 19th.

Find a roommate by completing this form.


See the upcoming registration deadlines below.

Conference pricing:

Three-day registration Early bird (by 1/31/17) Advance (by 3/9/17) In person (on site)
ACES member $280 $360 $510
Non-member $500 $615 $775
Student member $110 $160 $175
Student non-member $160 $210 $225
One-day registration
ACES member $142 $175
Non-member $230 $275
Student member $65 $85
Student non-member $100 $140

Cancellation policy

Keynote speaker

Anne Curzan

Anne Curzan

The keynote speaker at Friday night’s banquet will be Anne Curzan, who is a linguist, a professor of English at the University of Michigan and the author of several books on language. Curzan is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel and the American Dialect Society. She also is a regular contributor to the Lingua Franca blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Curzan is cohost of the weekly “That’s What They Say” show on language for Michigan Public Radio. Her books include “How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction,” “Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History” and “Gender Shifts in the History of English.” Curzan recently talked to ACES about changing language rules and how language conventions are taught.

Pre-Conference Workshop

ACES Great Bosses Boot Camp, St. Petersburg, Florida
March 22, 2017 @ 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler

How do you keep today’s newsroom staff motivated, innovative, collaborative and competitive — across all platforms? It takes both management and leadership skills, things they didn’t teach you in journalism school. In this fun and interactive boot camp, we’ll focus on performance management: how to get the best out of your teams, how to manage during times of change, how to handle conflict, and how great leadership translates into quality journalism and winning teams. Learn with Jill Geisler and other top newsroom leaders. Jill’s “What Great Bosses Know” podcasts have been downloaded 5 million times on iTunesU. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost is $100 for members, $250 for nonmembers. Register here.

Getting to the hotel:

AIR TRAVEL: Two airport options: Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) (for flights on Allegiant only)


  • Super Shuttle: About $23 per person plus tip. Follow the signs to the baggage claim on Level 1, then follow the signs marked “Ground Transportation” to the courtesy vehicle waiting area. You can check in with customer service reps in the brightly marked Super Shuttle booth or with an existing reservation using the self-service ticketing kiosk. Ticketing booths at the airport open from 9 AM to 11:30 PM (or when final flight for the night departs), seven days a week. There is also a phone available to contact our dispatchers after hours.
  • Cabs: Estimated taxi fare from TPA is $55-$60
  • Uber available, estimated from TPA at about $25, though costs can vary


  • Super Shuttle: $35 (via Execucar) plus tip. Outside of Baggage Claim in the Ground Transportation lot.
  • Cabs: About $30-$35
  • Uber and Lyft: About $14-$18

Find a person to share a ride with by completing this form.

Directions from TPA to Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (reverse)

Directions from PIE to Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (reverse)



17 Responses to “ACES 2017: St. Petersburg”

  1. gail

    please advise of the cancellation policy if I register early. The link is not currently working.

    • ACES Staff

      Thanks for letting us know about the broken link. It is fixed, and you can also find it here:
      There’s more to the policy, but essentially you can receive a full refund if an email request is received no later than 30 days before the first day of the conference.

      If the request is received less than 30 days before the start of the conference, the registration fee can be applied to the next year’s conference.

  2. Dani

    Any chance you’ll hold an editing boot camp immediately before the 2017 national conference, like you did with the digital editing boot camp in Portland?

    • Gerri Berendzen

      While we haven’t confirmed our 2017 schedule yet, that’s likely. I’ll get you a more definitive answer as soon as possible.

      • Lorre Levy

        I would also be interested in details re: events before/after the conference, such as the editing bootcamp. Thx! :)

  3. Phyllis

    Greetings. I hope to attend the conference in St. Petersburg; it will be the first ACES conference (or anything ACES, for that matter) for me. Management would like to see what’s on the agenda before they approve the expenses. When might we expect to see a list of sessions that will be offered?

  4. Anna Gonzalez

    I would like to register for the ACES conference in Florida, but it’s difficult to run this by my boss when I don’t know what any of the sessions are. Can you please send me some information on the sessions for the conference as soon as possible?

    Thank you,

  5. Chris

    I just registered for 2017, and in the confirmation I see that I missed putting in my organization. I assume that will go on my name tag, so I’d like to add it, if that can be done after the fact. Is that possible? Thanks.

    • Christine Steele

      Hi, Chris, yes, we can add your org name. Email us at and tell us your last name and name of organization, and we’ll look up your registration and add the info.
      Christine Steele
      Membership Director/ACES

  6. Jennifer Rogers

    Please send me the itinerary for the 2017 workshop, or notify me when it is posted online, so that I can register soon.

    • ACES Staff

      We’ve posted the schedule to date here. It’s about 50 percent complete and will be updated through January.

  7. Chris

    I couldn’t see a way to post a comment on the 2017 sessions listing page, so I’ll try here. For the Kory Stamper book signing, can I bring my own copy of the book, or are we expected to buy one there? I remember at ACES 2015, Mary Norris’s book wasn’t released yet, but a lucky few were able to buy one there. We paid over retail, but the extra went to the ACES education fund or something like that. Will there be anything similar for Kory’s? Thanks.

  8. Catherine Mini

    What time do sessions start on Thursday? Is it three full days? What time is registration?

  9. Catherine Mini

    Hi, never mind my previous questions. I just found the page with the actual schedule on it. Thanks


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